Illusion Diamonds

Illusion Diamonds



Good morning! February seems have come around very quickly and that means it’s time for me to share some cards with you. I’ve focussed on Altenew’s Illusion Diamonds stamp set. Here’s my first card:



I’ve made this card for my aunt’s 70th birthday later this month. She likes blue! I used my stamp positioner to stamp the large diamond panel onto white card. I used a brayer to roll on three shades of blue ink and allow them to blend. I trimmed the panel to 3¾” x 5” and layered it onto a piece of blue mirri card measuring 3⅞” x 5⅛”. I stamped ‘happy birthday’ in black in the top right corner. I adhered the panel to the front of a blue side opening A2 note card. To finish the front of the card, I used the large leaf image from Enchanting Beauty and stamped it in blue ink on vellum. I dried the ink and then used the matching die to cut out the image and add it to the card.



Inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the note card. I stamped the leaf image in soft blue ink and added a birthday greeting in black.



For my second card, I stamped the diamond panel onto water colour card with Versamark ink. I heat embossed the pattern with white embossing powder. I used Distress Ink reinkers to add colour to the panel. I added a few drops of each colour – in rainbow order – along the side of the panel and then spritzed, liberally, with water and allowed the inks to flow and blend. If you don’t have Distress reinkers, you could use Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, Concord & 9th, Altenew, or whatever you have in your stash. Once dry, I cut the panel 5¼” x 4”and layered it onto black card measuring 5⅜” x4⅛” and adhered it to a white A2 note card. I die cut the birthday greeting from black card and added it to the front. I finished the card by adding a selection of gems, added sparkle to the greeting and spritzed a shimmer spray all over the card.



Inside the card, I cut black card for the mat layer. On the white panel, I stamped a birthday greeting and added a line of dots to match the colours on the front of the card.



For my final card I’ve allowed the diamond panel to be the star. I used a brayer to add inks in a diagonal over the stamp. I trimmed the panel to the same size as my first card. I used a large hello die to cut out a greeting in the centre of the panel. I adhered the die cut panel to a black mat layer and added to the front of an A2 card. I then die cut two black ‘hello’ die cuts and layered up the word finishing with the diamond pattern hello. I used the inlaid die technique to add this to the card.



Inside, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped a simple sentiment and added a row of dots to match the front of the card.


That’s all from me this week. Take care of yourself and see you soon.

Deborah, x